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A Whisper of Blood

by Ellen Datlow (Editor)

Other authors: Pat Cadigan (Contributor), Jonathan Carroll (Contributor), Suzy McKee Charnas (Contributor), Melissa Mia Hall (Contributor), Robert Holdstock (Contributor)14 more, K.W. Jeter (Contributor), Garry Kilworth (Contributor), Kathe Koja (Contributor), Thomas Ligotti (Contributor), Barry N. Malzberg (Contributor), Elizabeth Massie (Contributor), David J. Schow (Contributor), Robert Silverberg (Contributor), Melinda M. Snodgrass (Contributor), Thomas Tessier (Contributor), Karl Edward Wagner (Contributor), Rick Wilber (Contributor), Jack Womack (Contributor), Chelsea Quinn Yarbro (Contributor)

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This is a hard one because overall most of these stories were entertaining and well-written. Yet many missed the point entirely or I am being too strict in what I consider a modern vampire story. I tend to think it is the former. Many of the stories really pushed the boundary of what it means to be a modern vampire story and not in a good way. In a 'this really has nothing to do with vampires in any way, shape or form unless one redefines the notion of vampire to have nothing to do with the concept of a vampire in a context in which vampires are recognizable' sort of way. Yeah. Seriously, that mangled sentence is the mental gymnastics one must go through to find vampires in some of these stories.

A vampire does not have to suck blood to be a vampire. Most vampire fans also do not demand a strict adherence to vampire canon in order to find worth and entertainment in a vampire story. But on some level, the vampirism cannot be so postmodern in its interpretation of vampires that an audience has to analyze the story to the point of banality to find the vampiric element and too many stories in this collection demanded that sort of analysis.

Read the rest of the review here: http://ireadeverything.com/?p=119 ( )
  oddbooks | Jan 28, 2010 |
More short stories (eighteen of them, to be precise) with a vampiric theme, compiled by the same editor who put together BLOOD IS NOT ENOUGH. Submissions by Jonathan Carroll, Suzy McKee Charnas, Davis J. Schow, Robert Silverberg, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, and others. Good stuff. ( )
  avanta7 | Apr 24, 2009 |
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Datlow, EllenEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cadigan, PatContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Carroll, JonathanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Charnas, Suzy McKeeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hall, Melissa MiaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Holdstock, RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jeter, K.W.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kilworth, GarryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Koja, KatheContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ligotti, ThomasContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Malzberg, Barry N.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Massie, ElizabethContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Schow, David J.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Silverberg, RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Snodgrass, Melinda M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tessier, ThomasContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wagner, Karl EdwardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wilber, RickContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Womack, JackContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Yarbro, Chelsea QuinnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Canty, ThomasCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Not all vampires shun sunlight and not all drink blood. In A Whisper of Blood you will encounter thirty-five of the most horrifying vampires you are ever likely to meet: monsters who often walk by day.
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